July 4, 2016

Hydrating your muscles before a workout is absolutely crucial to enable them to function properly. When the body is dehydrated, there is little muscle power, balance and accuracy in the body to engage in workouts. What you put in the body before a workout is critical. According to some health experts, it is important to drink 20 ounces of water two hours prior to a workout, around 8 ounces at the time of warm-up and an extra 8 ounces every 10 to 20 minutes depending on the sweat that is being released.

Ever wonder how you can spice up your pre-workout routine? Replace these drinks to avoid before a workout with healthy alternatives for a fitter, leaner you, ladies!

Avoid Milk-Based Drinks

It is best to avoid milk based drinks before your workout. Milk comprises of carbohydrates, fat and protein and takes time to digest.

We Recommend – Whey protein mixed with water is good for your body. It will give you the benefits of protein while being digested quickly without the fat that milk contains.

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Avoid Sugary Fruit Drinks

Fruit juices generally contain high amounts of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), which is known to trigger metabolic syndrome, obesity and liver dysfunction.

We Recommend – Coconut water, juices of basil, mint, berries or citrus fruits.

 

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Avoid Booze

Drinking beer with your good ol’ buds even hours before you go to the gym can wreak havoc with your workout. Alcohol is inflammatory and dehydrating and can have a negative impact while working out.

We Recommend –  Some coffee (with less caffeine) for a boost of energy.

 

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Avoid Carbonated Drinks

Fizzy drinks can lead to gas, abdominal pain and bloating. They also comprise some quantities of sodium, which pulls out water from the body’s cells and can cause dehydration. Also, most of these drinks contain an artificial sweetener that cause numerous side effects including dizziness, mood swings, memory loss and migraines.

We Recommend – Iced- green tea that is rich in antioxidants and reduces the risk of different types of cancer.

 

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Avoid Sports Drinks

Health experts caution against several of the sports drinks as these are actually loaded with sugar and almost no nutrition. This can lead to an energy crash later on. Also, it can mess up your hormones and strain your body.

We Recommend – Tomato juice instead; it contains natural sugars and provides potassium to the body.

 

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